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Time To Upgrade – Can You Run Windows 7 or Windows 8

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Windows 7 is designed to run on systems from high end to low powered netbooks but you will still wonder can I run it on the system I have at the moment.

If you are running Vista currently then you could run 7.

However Microsft have released an Upgrade Advisor Tool which can assess your computers suitability for running Windows 7.

If you are thinking about buying a new Windows laptop currently my advise is to wait until Windows 7 is out , it is worth the wait.


 

With the impending release of Windows 8 it is worth seeing whether you will be able to run Windows 8.

Windows 8 has the same system requirements that Windows 7 does so you could run the Windows 7

Upgrade Advisor Tool 

Windows 7 and Windows 8 are designed to run on systems from high end to low powered netbooks. 

System Requirements for Windows 8 are:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • Additional requirements to use certain features:
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

Using the Upgrade Advisor Tool from Microsoft it can assess your computers suitability for running Windows 7 hence to see if you can run Windows 8.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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